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History Matters: Young Spanish military leader got the job done

Spanish military leader Don Bernardo de Gàlvez was heralded by French Creoles as one of the greatest Frenchmen of colonial times. Commentator Gary Joiner says nationality aside, Louisiana owes Gàlvez a debt of gratitude.

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Gary Joiner is a cartographer and an associate professor of history at LSU in Shreveport. He is the author or editor of 12 books including “Shiloh and the Western Campaign of 1862,” “One Damn Blunder From Beginning to End: The Red River Campaign in 1864,” “Through the Howling Wilderness: The Red River Campaign and Union Failure in 1864,” “Red River Steamboats,” and “Mr. Lincoln's Brown Water Navy: Mississippi Squadron.”

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